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Governor Quinn Urges Illinoisans to Participate in Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Nafia Khan   
Friday, 13 January 2012 14:12

“Serve Illinois” Website Offers More than 100,000 Volunteer Opportunities

CHICAGO- January 14, 2011  Governor Pat Quinn today joined the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) and the Serve Illinois Commission in encouraging Illinoisans to take part in the Dr/ Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service this Monday, January 16. The theme of the service day is “A Day On, Not a Day Off.”

“Dr. King’s life was dedicated to service, and, in his memory, we should each strive to give back to our communities,” Governor Quinn said. “We all have something to contribute and share to make our neighborhoods, state and country a better place.”

Persons interested in giving back to their community can use the website to be connected with more than 70,000 volunteer opportunities throughout Illinois. Volunteers can use the Serve Illinois website to connect with opportunities based on location and area of interest. The search feature also generates results for ongoing, one-time, and even web-based volunteer opportunities.

“Volunteerism is a great way to honor Dr. King, his legacy and his vision,” said DHS Secretary Michelle R. B. Saddler. “I am proud and grateful to our community volunteers in our local DHS offices throughout the state.”

Along with listing thousands of volunteer opportunities, Serve Illinois also has several partner organizations that will be completing service projects, including:

  • Carbondale – Land of Lincoln AmeriCorps, Rend Lake College - AmeriCorps members will be participating in a city wide clean-up in Carbondale.
  • Chicago – Project YES! – AmeriCorps members will be supporting the fifth annual literacy fair for youth and their families. Festivities include book reading, hands-on literacy activities and games.
  • Springfield – Springfield Urban League - AmeriCorps members will be partnering with Illinois Capital Area Chapter of the American Red Cross to distribute preparedness information to educate the community about fire safety and prevention.

Visit to find a volunteer opportunity, as well as information regarding the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. is a project of IDHS and the Serve Illinois Commission: "Building Stronger Communities Through Service."


Branstad, Reynolds to continue Condition of the State tour PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jimmy Centers   
Friday, 13 January 2012 10:01
(DES MOINES) -  Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds today announced the second leg of their tour across Iowa to share the administration’s Condition of the State message with Iowans in their local communities. The tour is set to visit Bettendorf and Mason City next week.
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Noon Gov. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Reynolds deliver Condition of the State address to Bettendorf Rotary Club at the Fortune Garden Restaurant, 2211 Kimberly Road, Bettendorf, IA

Thursday, January 19, 2012
11 a.m. Gov. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Reynolds deliver Condition of the State address at Kaplan University, 2570 4th St SW, Mason City, IA

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Written by Iowa Judicial Branch   
Tuesday, 10 January 2012 16:08

Des Moines, January 10, 2012— On Wednesday, January 11, 2012, at 10 a.m. in the House Chambers, Chief Justice Mark Cady of the Iowa Supreme Court will address a joint convention of the General Assembly on the State of the Judiciary. The chief justice will discuss the important role courts have in securing a prosperous economic climate in Iowa by providing businesses with the necessary confidence to invest or expand in a community. He will also discuss the role of courts in providing a stable and safe environment for the people who work and live in this state. The chief justice will apprise the legislators on the impact of a decade of budget cuts on the court's ability to provide access to justice for all Iowans. He will announce that the judicial branch stands ready to work with the legislative and executive branches on the goal of achieving a vibrant Iowa economy.

Live video of the speech will be streamed on the Iowa Judicial Branch website at beginning at 10 a.m.

Members of the media may obtain advance copies of the speech at 8:30 a.m. in the supreme court courtroom at the Capitol. The message will be posted on the Iowa Judicial Branch website at 10:30 a.m.




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Eagle Scout Project Benefits Salvation Army Family Service Center PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Holly Nomura   
Tuesday, 10 January 2012 09:34
Eagle Scout Candidate, Matt Budelier of Davenport, saw a need at The Salvation Army’s Family Service Center. He had noticed that as he would travel down Harrison, the shelter’s yard was lacking.

Matt raised over $2,000 to re-landscape the yard, add a flag pole and have a sign installed with the center’s name.

Matt and his Boy Scout troop also donated hundreds of volunteer hours as they transformed the yard.

ACME Sign, who also donated much of the labor, will be installing the sign on Friday before 2pm.

Invite Your Sheriff Today to Attend Constitutional Sheriffs Convention Jan 30 - All Expenses Paid PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Todd McGreevy   
Tuesday, 10 January 2012 08:58
Good morning,
If you are interested in having your individual rights protected, then the most effective effort you can make is to ensure you have a constitutional sheriff upholding their oath of office, which includes enforcing the Bill of Rights.

Every sheriff in America is invited, all expenses paid, to the January 30th Constitutional Sheriffs Convention in Las Vegas, NV  All 3,000+ member sheriffs of the National Sheriffs Association have been emailed the invitation twice so far, since Dec 29, 2011.  The event is being paid for by individual donations and sponsorships. Over 60 county sheriffs have registered thus far.

You can help get your sheriff there by ensuring he/she has the invitation and support of their constituents to attend. 
This event, which includes training on the 10th Amendment, 2nd Amendment, Interposition, Nullification and the Bill of Rights is being hosted by the Constitutional Sheriffs & Peace Officers Association, chaired by former Graham County, AZ Sheriff Richard Mack.

The invitation from Sheriff Mack is available online at and includes a list of county sheriffs who are standing up for the Constitution who will be sharing their experiences with their fellow sheriffs as well as the slate of guest speakers providing training on the issues named above. There is an extensive list of FAQ's at and sheriffs can register to have their entire expenses paid for to attend this historic event at

Here's where you come in to help!

Please send a personal email, or hand delivered note with the invitation links or PDF found at the site, to remind your sheriff that he/she is invited to attend, and that their expenses are paid for... and that if they cannot make it, their designee's expenses are all paid for.
You can download the PDF of the invitation, or forward the invitation from the page at:

Here in the Quad Cities your county sheriff contact info is below.
If you need help finding your sheriffs contact information, just let me know, I can look it up very quickly for you. 

Sheriff Dennis Conard - Scott County Iowa - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Sheriff Jeffery Boyd - Rock Island County Illinois -  (309) 558-3410

There is no down side for your county sheriff to attend this one day event, all expenses paid.
The event is still accepting donations (at the site and by mail) so more and more sheriffs can attend and several of us here in Scott County have donated hundreds of dollars to support our sheriff attending.
Thank you for reading this far.
Please check out the FAQ's section and if there are any questions I can help you with, please let me know.
If you are into Facebook, there are over 1500 followers at the County Sheriff Project FB page here
Thanks much,
Todd McGreevy

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